If you wish to apply for a passport but are worried about the number of formalities, documents, and time required to obtain it, a new app launched by External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, is all set to ease your worries.
Until now, if you wanted to apply for the document, you had no option but to visit a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK), fill out a form and submit your documents. The online application, too, could only be completed and submitted on a computer.
Now, thanks to the newly launched mPassport Seva App, you can fill out the application on the go, from anywhere in India.
Swaraj termed the new rules for the application as a “passport revolution” and has even announced that the government will set up a PSK in every Lok Sabha constituency.
Currently, India has 307 PSKs, and Swaraj aims to take the number up to 543.
The ministry has stated that when you apply for the travel document through the mPassport Seva app, it will allow you to select the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and thus your PSK. This RPO may not have your present residential address under its jurisdiction.
The police verification, however, will be conducted at your present residential address only.
“The police verification, if required for a specific passport, would be conducted at the address specified in the application form. The passport will be printed and despatched by the RPO selected for application submission by the applicant,” Swaraj said.
Another welcome change of rules is of a marriage certificate not being a necessary document for the application. Swaraj said, “Some married women and men said that they faced difficulties…that they are asked to show marriage certificate… there is no requirement for the marriage certificate to get a passport. We said, discard this rule. No married man or woman [has] to show a marriage certificate to get the passport.”
Such changes in the documents required for an application have been a welcome change for a few months now. You can read a TBI article here to know more about the previous changes in the passport application.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)